The Atlanta Journal was a long running late-afternoon daily newspaper digest, that from April 28, 1913, to August 31, 1913, provided intense coverage of the Mary Phagan Murder Investigation, followed by the indictment, trial and conviction of Leo Frank. The paper continued to follow the case all the way through Leo Frank's 2 years of appeals leading up to his hanging, on August 17, 1915.
During the Leo Frank murder trial, the Atlanta Journal, like the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Georgian, published the testimony as events unfolded each court session. This collection of articles only covers the Frank-Phagan from April 28, to August 31st, 1913. The appeals and lynching of Leo Frank from August 27, 1913, to August 17, 1915, will be forthcoming on The Internet Archive in the future if these items can be acquired.
Newspaper Consolidation: Atlanta Journal Merges with Atlanta Constitution in 2001
As of 2001, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) is the only major daily newspaper in the metropolitan area of Atlanta, Georgia, United States. It is the flagship publication of Cox Enterprises. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is the result of the merger between The Atlanta Journal and The Atlanta Constitution (Wikipedia, 2013). Decades before that, the Atlanta Journal and Atlanta Georgian merged.
Murder of Mary Phagan in 1913
The murder of Mary Phagan occurred on Georgia Confederate Memorial Day, Saturday, April 26, 1913, in Atlanta. It was announced in an extra on Sunday, April 27, 1913, after young journalist Britt Craig broke the story for the Atlanta Constitution. Two days after the murder, the three major Atlanta newspaper dailies competed against each other for coverage of the case, including: 'The Atlanta Journal' in the evening, 'The Atlanta Constitution' and 'The Atlanta Georgian' during the day. The Georgian published a number of "Extras" each day that some believe sensationalized the case of Mary Phagan and Leo Frank.
Simply put, here presented to you is, 'The Atlanta Journal' from late April through August 1913, compare it with the other two major Atlanta daily newspaper's coverage of the Mary Phagan murder investigation. Never before published anywhere else, except here first, one can now follow the Frank-Phagan Case, from early investigation, the seldom mentioned Coroner's Inquest, Grand Jury hearings, and all the way through till the end of the sensational Trial.
The most sensational criminal trial in Southern history, concluded its testimony portion on August 21, 1913, a few days after Leo Frank made an admission on the witness stand (August 18, 1913) that some say amounted to a murder trial confession
On August 18, 1913, Leo Frank reveals the solution to the Mary Phagan murder mystery stating he might have "unconsciously" gone to the bathroom in the metal room to counter Monteen Stover's testimony that he was not in his inner or outer office from 12:05 to 12:10 PM on April 26, 1913:
Now gentlemen [of the Jury], to the best of my recollection from the time the whistle blew for twelve o’clock [noon on Saturday, April 26, 1913] until after a quarter to one [12:46 p.m.] when I went up stairs and spoke to Arthur White and Harry Denham [at the rear of the fourth floor], to the best of my recollection, I did not stir out of the inner office [at the front of the second floor]; but it is possible that in order to answer a call of nature or to urinate I may have gone to the toilet [in the metal room at the rear of the second floor]. Those are things that a man does unconsciously and cannot tell how many times nor when he does it (Leo Frank Trial Statement, August 18, Brief of Evidence, 1913; Georgia Supreme Court Brief, 1913, 1914).
American State Trials, volume X (1918) by John Lawson Tends to be biased in favor of Leo Frank and his legal defense team, this book provides an abridged version of the Brief of Evidence, leaving out some of the important details and things said at the trial brief of evidence when it republishes parts of the trial testimony. Be sure to read the closing arguments of Luther Zeigler Rosser, Reuben Rose Arnold, Frank Arthur Hooper and Hugh Manson Dorsey. This book also highlights Leo Frank's appeals and provides a detailed account of Leo Frank's lynching in 1915. For a more complete version of the Leo M. Frank trial testimony, read the 1913 Leo Frank Trial Brief of Evidence and three atlanta newspapers (Atlanta Journal, Atlanta Georgian, and Atlanta Constitution) who published the trial testimony July and August, 1913. WWW:http://www.archive.org/details/AmericanStateTrials1918VolumeXleoFrankAndMaryPhagan
Three Atlanta Daily Newspapers in 1913: The Atlanta Constitution, The Atlanta Journal, The Atlanta Georgian. The most relevant reports center around events published between: April 28th to August 27th 1913.
Future U.S. Senator Tom Watson articulates the Leo Frank trial testimony and evidence
Tom Watson's weekly Jeffersonian newspaper (1914, 1915, 1916 and 1917) and Watson's Magazine (1915). Tom Watson's best work on the Mary Phagan case was published in August and September of 1915. Watson's series of five major magazine articles written collectively about the Frank-Phagan affair, provide logical arguments confirming the guilt of Leo M. Frank with the superb reasoning of a genius criminal attorney.
These five remarkable works are absolutely required reading for anyone interested in the Leo M. Frank Case analysis.
Leo Frank's defenders (cult members known as Frankites) are posing as neutral reviewers and attempting to convince people not to read Tom Watson's analysis about the Leo Frank trial. Watson's analysis of the case is the controversial forbidden fruit of truth that have been censored for more than 100 years.